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By plane

  • Norfolk International Airport, 2200 Nor view Avenue one mile east of Interstate 64 Exit 279, Phone: 757-857-3351, Fax: 757-857-3265,. Located northeast of the city center. Note that if you have time to kill at the airport, there is a nice botanical garden just north of the airport that you can sneak into for free from the parking lot to the northeast of the main building. There are non-stop flights to Norfolk Airport from the following cities (some cities may be seasonal or only offer service certain days of the week): Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis St Paul, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, St Louis, Tampa and Washington.
  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Another option which may save you money is located approximately 20 minutes north of the city in Newport News, VA.

By car

Hampton Roads is only second in the state to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. such as Fairfax County and other outlying areas for horrendous traffic especially during the summer season when many tourists throughout the United States and Canada flock to the beaches of Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Be aware of the alternative of I-664/Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel instead of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, where backups of more than 40-50 minutes usually occur, long before rush hour even begins.

Route 460 is an alternative to the heavily used I-64 route. 460 extend from Petersburg, VA (just south of Richmond, VA) to Chesapeake (a suburb city to the Hampton Roads area) and you can easily connect from 460 onto the major beltway at the I-664 and I-64 interchange.

Interstate 64 will bring you to Norfolk from points west.

Key places to visit
Chrysler Museum of Art , Norfolk Botanical Garden, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia Zoo, Nelson Museum


Places to Visit

Chrysler Museum of Art

An exhibition devoted to one of the most artful, dramatic, and influential visualizations of the early Christian story ever created. This exhibition features more than 120 brilliantly conceived watercolors produced by a French painter for what would eventually be published as an illustrated Bible.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

The rose garden was dedicated in 1976 as a bicentennial tribute to the nation. This garden has been accredited as one of 130 All-American Rose Selections Display Gardens. Over 3,000 rose plants representing more than 300 varieties grow in this garden. At the height of bloom, mid-May through October, more than 250,000 rose blooms may be seen. This garden has an accessible terrace overlooking seating areas, fountains, and picturesque garden surroundings.

Naval Station Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia, is the proud home of the largest naval base in the world. No matter what your reason is for visiting Norfolk, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to tour Naval Station Norfolk. Naval Base Norfolk Naval Station Norfolk's mission is to support and improve the personnel and logistics readiness of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. The Norfolk naval base provides seaport, airport, and squadron facilities, quality of life, and personnel management services. Don't miss the tours of the Naval Base. The 45-minute tour departs from the Naval Tour and Information Center located at 9079 Hampton Blvd. Bus tours conducted by Navy personnel ride past aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, frigates, and amphibious assault ships. The tour also drives by historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. Sorry, but you will not be able to get on a ship. Cameras are allowed.

Virginia Zoo

There’s always something new and fun at the Virginia Zoo. Check out new arrivals, browse our newsroom or discover an animal to adopt!

Nelson Museum

The Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth offers you the chance to find out more about local hero, Admiral Lord Nelson, and the times in which he lived.

The museum illustrates Nelson's life, from his Norfolk childhood through to his famous battles and his tragic heroic death. You can find out about Nelson's mesmerising personality, his fading looks, his terrible wounds and illnesses and his scanalous love life! Discover how the public have commemorated Nelson over the last 200 years and experience life below decks amongst the hammocks and mess tables. Imagine you are a sailor onboard HMS Victory and hear your shipmates talking as you sail towards Cape Trafalgar to engage the French and Spanish fleets. The new exhibition for 2011 is 'Nelson's Women: Philanderer or Family Man?' and will give visitors the chance to find out more about the women in Nelson's life and to discover the personal side to the famous hero.

Outside at the museum, visitors can enjoy a picnic in the Maritime Courtyard or relax on the hammock to admire the Georigian herb garden. Why not try some of the ship's games, such as dominoes and quoits?

Musuem facilities include a gift shop, fully accessible toilets, research library (available by appointment), a meeting and conference room available for hire and full disabled access to public areas. The museum also has a dedicated Learning and Access Officer, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, who is available for education sessions for schools and groups as well as providing outreach visits, loan boxes and family learning events. Please contact the museum for further details.

The Nelson Museum also runs the tours of the Norfolk Naval Pillar, or Nelson's Monument, as it is commonly known. The Grade 1 listed Monument is open for a limited number of weekends throughout the year when visitors can climb all 217 steps to experience breathtaking views across Great Yarmouth and the surrounding countryside.


Right Time to Visit

January - April
September - November